Melanoglossia is a medical condition in which the tongue becomes blackened.

This is usually caused by a bacterial infection or allergic reaction.

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  • melanoglossia — SYN: black tongue. [melano + G. glossa, tongue] * * * mel·a·no·glos·sia (mel″ə no glosґe ə) [melano + gloss + ia] black hairy tongue …   Medical dictionary

  • Tongue — The tongue is a strong muscle anchored to the floor of the mouth. It is covered by the lingual membrane which has special areas to detect tastes. The tongue is composed of muscles attached to the lower jaw and to the hyoid bone (a small, U shaped …   Medical dictionary

  • black hairy tongue — n BLACKTONGUE (1) * * * hairy tongue (q.v.) in which the hypertrophied filiform papillae are brown or black. Called also black t., lingua nigra, melanoglossia, melanotrichia linguae, and nigrities linguae …   Medical dictionary

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